Intro to Topology/ Found to Topology


Lecture: MWF 9:00-9:50, Location SMLC-356


Instructor: Dimiter Vassilev     Office: SMLC 326 Email:  Phone: 505 277 2136


Math 431 Introduction to Topology & Math 535  Foundations of Topology

Description:  Metric spaces, topological spaces, continuity, algebraic topology.  Basic point set topology. Separation axioms, metric spaces, topological manifolds, fundamental group and covering spaces.


Prerequisite: MATH401


Text: Introduction to Topology, Th. Gamelin & R.E.Greene, Dover Publ., 2nd edition



Office Hours: Monday & Friday 10am-11am, Wednesday 2pm-3pm or by appointment. Feel free to stop-by anytime if you have a quick question.                                                                                                       


Final Exam: Wednesday, December 11, 7:30am - 9:30am, please check Final Examination Schedule.

Students having conflicts with this examination schedule must notify the appropriate instructor before Friday, November 8, 2013.




Please note the following guidelines for the course:

Grades: The final grade will be determined by homework & quizzes (25%), two midterms (50%) and a final exam (25%)
.  Exam scores are posted on .


Homework:  Homework from the previous week is due Monday at the beginning of class. There will be one HW weekly. You can work together on the homework, but you do need to write up your own solutions in your own words. To help the grader, please write your solutions up neatly and clearly (no points for work that the reader cannot follow- this is also true for exams), and staple the sheets.   The best ten homework/quiz grades only will be counted for a total of 100pts. Please no late homework.


Missed Exams:  Make-up exams can be arranged for exams missed with a VALID excuse (illness, family emergency, active participation in scholarly or athletic activities), and ONLY if prior notice is given. 


Disability Statement: We will accommodate students with documented disabilities. During the first two weeks of the semester, those students should inform the instructor of their particular needs and they should also contact Accessibility Services in Mesa Vista Hall, Room 2021, phone 277-3506.  In addition, they should see CATS- Counseling and Therapy Services; Student Health Center (277-4537). (They can help if you suffer from exam anxiety).    




                                             Homework – Fall 2013  (please check after class as advanced postings of homework could change)

Week Date Topics Homework
1 Aug. 19 1. Metric Spaces HW1  
2 Aug.  26   HW2  
3 Sep. 2   HW3 
4 Sep. 9 2. Topological Spaces HW4
5 Sep. 16   HW5 
6 Sep. 23   HW6
7 Sep. 30   HW7
8 Oct. 7        
October 10–13
Exam 1   
Fall Break
HW8   Exam scores are posted on
9 Oct. 14   HW9
10 Oct. 21 3. Homotopy Theory HW10
11 Oct. 28     HW11
12 Nov. 4   HW12
13 Nov. 11   HW13
14 Nov. 18   HW14
15 Nov. 25

November 28-29

Exam 2


16 Dec. 2    
  Dec. 11 Finals week Wednesday, December 11, 7:30am - 9:30am